Watch Your Mouth, California

Of all the pieces I’ve written over the four years that I have maintained this blog, the reporting of McKay Hatch received more negative and offensive remarks than anything I’ve covered. Remember him? The 13 year old Pasadena youngster began a “no-cussing” club, and unbelievably, he began receiving death threats because of his actions. I cover the entire story in the linked article here.

Despite ridicule and death threats, McKay has persisted with his very successful program, and now has chapters around the world. A few hours ago, came the report that the California Assembly has passed a resolution declaring the first week of March each year as “Cuss-Free Week.”

Once more, I salute McKay Hatch for his principled, brave actions. Again, I say, there are some fine young people in this world.

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McKay Hatch’s No Cussing Campaign Extended to Los Angeles County

McKay Hatch is responsible for my finding it necessary to hold comments on my blog until I can check them for decency, for of everything I have written during the past three years, nothing has aroused such ire and filthy and disgusting talk as the news of McKay Hatch. This courageous youngster has made a call for us to clean up our language, beginning his campaign at his school campus in Pasadena, Ca. Because of his actions, he and his family have been castigated, and, almost unbelievably, have even received death threats.

Tomorrow the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to issue a proclamation by Supervisor Michael Antonovich making the first week in March No Cussing Week in the nation’s most populous county; 10 million people live in LA County. Again, I commend McKay Hatch for his valor and for his lofty ideals.

On Tuesday, the board is scheduled
to issue a proclamation by Supervisor Michael Antonovich making the
first week in March No Cussing Week.

That would
mean no blue language from the Mojave desert, where it gets hot as
$&# in the summer, to the Pacific Ocean, where on a winter’s day it
can get colder and nastier than %$#!

Not that
15-year-old Hatch expects complete compliance. When his No Cussing Club
meets at South Pasadena High School on Wednesdays it’s not unusual for
a nonmember to throw open the door and fire off a torrent of
four-letter words. He’s also been the target of organized harassment by

And Antonovich’s county motion carries no penalties.

it’s a good reminder for all of us, not just young people but
everybody, to be respectful to one another and watch the words we use,”
said the supervisor’s spokesman, Tony Bell.

county isn’t the first entity to try to put the lid on swearing.
Hatch’s hometown of South Pasadena declared itself a cuss-free zone for
a week last March, and two years ago a high school in Canada threatened
to suspend repeat cussers.

Hatch has lofty goals.

year I want to try to get California to have a cuss-free week. And
then, who knows, maybe worldwide,” said the 10th grader, who believes
if people treat each other with more civility they can better work
together to solve bigger problems.

Source: UP

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McKay Hatch Receiving Death Threats

It seems that 15-year-old McKay Hatch of the “No Cussing Club,” has so infuriated people that he and his family are now receiving death threats. I have written about this remarkable young man before, and have received more negative and vulgar comments concerning this subject than about any other I have addressed.

It is very sad. Again, I want to say how proud I am of this fine young man. He may have many vocal critics, but there are multiplied thousands who are cheering him. Please either here or on his site, let him know you are supporting him.

A South Pasadena boy who created the “No Cussing Club” is getting worldwide attention, and death threats.

McKay Hatch, 15, started his anti-profanity campaign about two years ago when he and a few friends got fed up with the foul language they seemed to hear everywhere.

The club now boosts more than 20,000 members.

But not everyone supports his cause.

The pro-cussing crowd has sent false pizza deliveries to his house along with pornographic magazine subscriptions. Hatch says his phone rings all the time and his email inbox is overflowing with profane hate messages.

He and his family drew the line when the death threats started coming in over the Internet. They promptly contacted police, who confirm an investigation is underway.

The teen’s father says one death threat in particular crossed the line.

“I was at the hospital with my wife, we were visiting family, and some guy had called on my cell phone said, ‘I know you you’re gone, you’re not there, and I’m in front of your house and I’m going to kill your family,” McKay’s father Brent Hatch said.

Hatch says police arrived within 30 seconds since they were already on alert because of the situation.

Detectives are examining the threatening emails, said South Pasadena police Capt. Richard Kowaltschuk, adding, “If someone threatens your life that is a violation of the law, whether it’s done verbally or over the phone.